Illustration by Lluis Pino "The choice we made (…) was the key to Germany's success in its fight against unemployment. This new flexibility will be beneficial to the French economy and to workers who will profit from this increased competitiveness" President Nicolas Sarkozy, 2012, Le Figaro. "The first thing to do is to reform labour… Continue reading The “flexibility” mantra in labour market reforms: why are we still chanting?
This US Labour day brings a powerful reminder of the necessity to relentlessly call out the unfairness and absurdity of our work-centred societies. This time, it comes from the UK. September 4th 2017 is the day of the McStrike, the first ever workers' strike at McDonald's UK. If you're wondering what this is about, this… Continue reading On the absurdity of non-living wages
I used to think about the notion of "the value of work" as the quintessential right-wing piece of cheap rhetoric. The first political election I was old enough to follow closely saw conservative Nicolas Sarkozy gliding into power on the back of the infamous "Work More to Earn Morei" slogan in France. Concepts like that… Continue reading Should the left “value” work?